Book Review: Wax & Gold by Sam McManus

An informative guide

Sam McManus has compiled fifteen years’ worth of adventure travel writing from Ethiopia, Japan, Bolivia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Mongolia, Lebanon, Oman, and Costa Rica into this collection of stories, which revolve around a solo journey through the mountains of Ethiopia over three months.

Considering the advantages, obstacles, and adversities one can encounter, the author addresses all the questions one may have about travelling to Ethiopia. He tells stories about the people he meets, the chance meetings, and the adventures he has.

The chapter about Gelada Baboons, astonishing rock churches and the case study of Ecotourism in the concluding chapter is impressive.

Narration is realistic and brilliantly written. You will learn a lot about Ethiopia from the author’s visuals.

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